University of Southern California, Political Science, 2007 USC Marshall School of Business, 2014 Hometown: Pasadena, CA Pre-MBA Work Experience: Associate Consultant at Marsh Risk Consulting; Market Risk Manager at Morgan Stanley Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? As soon as I entered the business world after undergrad, I knew that I wanted to pursue an MBA. For me, I considered it to be an important step in my journey of lifelong learning. I wanted not only the credential, but also the amazing experiences that come with being part of an MBA program. After working for two years in consulting and two years in finance, I learned more about myself and where I wanted to go in life and confirmed that an MBA was the right next step. I am incredibly happy with my decision to pursue an MBA. What advice do you have for women who are considering business school? I recommend that women do careful research about schools. It is easy to look at the list of top schools and feel compelled to apply to all of them. It is important to really look at the culture of the program and conduct research to determine if the school would actually be a good fit for you. It takes a lot of time and resources to apply to an MBA program. Before you make that investment, make sure it is a program that you would actually consider attending. What's the most surprising you learned about business school during the application process? The business school application process is complex but manageable. At first, I was very intimidated by the process and approached it with apprehension. Once I jumped in head first, I learned that there are so many helpful resources available. There are so many people, organizations, and websites that provide detailed insight on how to manage the process. It requires hard work, but it is definitely worth it! Do you feel prepared for business school? Yes. I was afraid that I would not be prepared since I had not been a student for 5 years. However, the work ethic and skills you exhibit in your job will transfer to your performance in business school. In fact, after working for 5 years, I have gained a different set of skills that are helping me to approach my studies more strategically and effectively. What do you do in your free time? I spend time with you family and spend as much time as I can outdoors! Please share something about your experience with Forté. I have utilized the resources of Forté Foundation for years. As a young professional starting in the working world, I watched webinars on the Forté Foundation website, read articles written by women working in my field, and began to learn about business school. Once I decided that I wanted to pursue business school, the Forté Foundation was a great resource. I attended the Forté Foundation’s Forté Forum event and learned about schools and the admissions process. Now that I am in business school, I am so proud to be representing USC Marshall to the Forté Foundation because it has been such an important resource for me in my career so far.